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Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law - Faculty of Law

The Department of Public Law of the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University intends to appoint a fulltime Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law (‘Universitair Docent’) as of 1 August 2018 (or a short time thereafter).

12 maanden geleden


Minderbroedersberg, Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3475 - € 5405 per maand


Applicants must hold a graduate law degree (LL.M) as well as a PhD in constitutional law (or defend their PhD in the very near future). Applicants must be well versed in the field of constitutional law and have an interest in both research and teaching. The position involves teaching and research in (comparative) constitutional law, including fundamental rights. The scope of the teaching and research activities of the constitutional law section within the Department of Public Law encompass Dutch national constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, multi-level constitutional law including the relation between the EU and its member states, as well as multi-level fundamental rights protection. Our research takes place within the setting of the national Montesquieu Institute and in collaboration with the UM institute CERIM.

A substantial part of our teaching and research activities are conducted in English, while the teaching of Dutch law and research into Dutch national constitutional law may take place in Dutch. Accordingly, the successful applicant must have an excellent command of the English language; where a candidate possesses the ability to teach and conduct research in Dutch, this will be taken into account and may be considered an advantage.

As the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University presents a truly international working environment in terms of both colleagues and students, the successful candidate should have a strong interest in working in an multicultural setting.

Considering our present expertise, research agenda, and course portfolio, we look forward to receiving applications from a potential assistant professor (‘Universitair Docent) with demonstrable expertise in multi-level and comparative constitutional, multi-level fundamental rights protection, as well as excellent English language skills.


  • PhD degree in constitutional law (or obtain a PhD degree in the near future);
  • Excellent research and teaching skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Excellent English language skills (oral and written);
  • Command of the Dutch language is an advantage.


Initially, candidates are employed on a temporary contract as assistant professor (level 2) and agree to specific development goals. Five years into the appointment, candidates will be evaluated and if the development goals have been met, promoted to assistant professor (level 1) on a permanent contract. The evaluation can be brought forward if criteria are met earlier. On the candidate’s request the evaluation can be deferred in case of special personal circumstances, such as pregnancy leave, parental leave or chronic illness.

The salary depends on academic qualifications and experience. The salary will be set in salary scale 11 (minimum gross month salary € 3.475,00 and maximum € 4.757,00) and after being promoted to assistant professor level 1 the salary will be set in salary scale 12 (minimum gross month salary € 4.210,00 and maximum € 5.405,00) of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. For people recruited from abroad a reduced income tax rate may apply.

More information on terms of employment of the university can be found on: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees.

Additional information

Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.

More information on this vacancy can be obtained from Prof. dr A.W. Heringa (aw.heringa@maastrichtuniversity.nl); phone +31433883217 / 31646606124).


Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University offers the possibility of teaching and interacting with high-level graduate students and a pleasant, international working environment. Its research is carried out within the Faculty’s research programme (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/about-um/faculties/law/research/research-programme) as well as the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/maastricht-centre-human-rights).